Dec 4, 2012 3:00am PST
to the issue of the day here in washington, d.c. isn't that the central issue now in the negotiations on this fiscal cliff and there's no doubt that president obama is on the side of the 98% and john boehner is on the side of the 2%. the republican party right? i think it is as clear as that. don't the american people see that? >> i think that's why the president is going around the country to put pressure on them because in the end i mean the end, the tax cuts expire and so tax rates go up and the president comes back to congress and says you know, give the tax break back to the middle class and i don't know what republicans are going to do then. they're going to continue to try to fight for the 2%. i don't know. but he's doing it right and he shouldn't see -- he shouldn't seed the ground on that issue. he shouldn't seed it. that was what the election is about. republicans are trying to say well george bush tried that with social security. george bush in '04 didn't talk about privatizing social security. he wouldn'
Dec 6, 2012 3:00am PST
not happening right now and negotiations so not happening that congress -- members of congress went home last night. president obama very much on the case, went out yesterday morning to meet with members of the business roundtable and he told members of the roundtable first of all that they -- there's absolutely part of the equation has to be raising rates on the top 2% of americans. without that there won't be any deal. president obama with the business roundtable. >> any formula that says we can't increase tax rates probably only yields about $300 to $400 billion realistically. that's well short of the amount of revenue that's needed for a balanced package. >> bill: just won't cut it. the president said. he also appeared yesterday morning on tom joyner's radio show. and said if you want a deal, if you want a compromise, there's only one way to get there and that's the one thing missing if republicans will agree that tax rates will not -- will not -- the tax cuts will not continue for the top 2%. he said we've got a dea
Dec 3, 2012 3:00am PST
that obama won, he has this new leverage. he's got a lot going for him finally, and he has the cojones to put a deal on the table as a starting bid in the negotiations that isn't already caving. this is the first. republicans are acting like we were saying during break that john boehner was flabbergasted by the proposal the democrats put forward. i think if anyone who has been following this is flabbergasted at anything, it's that obama put forward plan that is look a true wish list instead of an already- half-caved starting point. >> here is boehner on fox"fox news sunday," his reaction to the president's plan and jay carney showed us last week has been out there for a long time. >> right. >> it's in print. it's online. if they have electricity, they could read it and john boehner says: >> i was just flabbergasted. i looked. you can't be serious. i have just never seen anything like it. we have seven weeks between election day and the end of the year. and three of those weeks have been wasted with this nonsense. >> okay. thank you, granted paw. >> he s
Dec 5, 2012 3:00am PST
committee, if the white house's last lame duck had negotiated raising the debt ceiling as part of their overall strategy because basically, they traded a payroll tax cut for the bush-era tax cuts unbelievable for democrats >> bill: i am totally convinced president obama will never, never, never extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest americans again. >> he did it before. >> not this time. not this time. meredith shiner, always good to have you in the studio. >> great to be here, you guys. >> meredith >> bill: follow her at rolecale rolecale.com or on twitter twitter @meredithshiner. we will be back. i will be back with a quick parting shot for today. >> this is bill press show, live on your radio and on current tv. tell them it's like being nestled [ music ] surrounded by a 500-watt sound system while floating on a suspension made of billowy clouds. or you could just hand them your keys. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ then how'd i get this... [ voice of dennis ] ...allstate safe driving bonus check? what is that? so weird